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Obama, don't go to Australia and Indonesia

NBC News's Chuck Todd was the first I heard suggest it on Tuesday. Now I read in today's Wall Street Journal that Obama administration officials are considering it. It being a cancellation -- again -- of the president's trip this month to Australia and Indonesia. The deliberations shouldn't last too long, because there's only one acceptable choice: don't go.

Unless Obama is picking up something that will stop the gulf gusher, he should stay stateside and use that time to set up shop somewhere on the Gulf Coast. (He's headed back tomorrow.) Let the critics and carpers call it a stunt, because, let's face it, that's what it would be. But it is better to be getting slammed at home trying to show a connection to and concern for the families and communities slicked by the BP spill than it is to be getting slammed for being Down Under -- and out of touch. 

Update, 6:10 a.m., June 4: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced in an email at 11:59 p.m. last night that President Obama has canceled the trip to Australia and Indonesia.

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 3, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
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Flat disagree. The absolute worst thing Obama can do is become hostage to the beltway chattering class. We're not talking about a trip to San Diego to play air guitar, we're talking about state visits to strategicaly important nations in the Pacific Rim. Go.

Posted by: simpleton1 | June 3, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I absolute agree, President Obama must be on the scene showing leadership. Nothing else matters at the moment.

Posted by: dhunter4 | June 3, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Becoming hostage to the beltway chattering class has nothing to do with this decision.
These strategically important nations can
wait for these state visits, were it their
countries in this national crisis, they would undoubtedly seek the same solution.
His first and foremost responsibility is to the well being of his own people, and he should not be absent from our country until this disaster is contained. If it is
so important, they can come to him.

Posted by: patriotgmalou | June 3, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't aware that our government is incapable of walking and chewing gum at the same time.

Posted by: simpleton1 | June 3, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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